Rick Kortekaas, Director of Engineering
Rick Kortekaas joined Alexandria Industries as the director of engineering in January 2020. He brings an extensive career working in manufacturing engineering to his new role. His background includes working in electronics, plastics, fabricated metals, and motion and control.
With a focus on continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, quality and project management, Rick provides a broad perspective for generating innovative and effective manufacturing engineering solutions. His extensive work experience and ingenuity, helps customers, companies and colleagues, achieve their product development goals.
Previously, Rick was a corporate engineering manager for Real Alloy, an aluminum recycling and alloy production manufacturer with facilities around the world. He was accountable for multi-million-dollar capital expenditure budgets and execution on complex engineering projects. He also served in various engineering roles for Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Parker Hannifin, Malco Products and Dakota Molding, Inc.
Rick holds certifications with The Association for Operations Management (APICS), Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) certified manufacturing technologist.
As a member of SME, Rick serves on the Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University, (Bemidji, Minn.) in Industrial Technology, with a focus on manufacturing management.
During his free time, Rick coaches his son’s hockey team, and enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.
Director of Engineering
“Demand innovation means thinking like an intrapreneur and going beyond our normal boundaries and comfort zone to solve problems and get results. It also represents a tool we use to exploit opportunities to provide a business or service solution that others are not willing to pursue." Rick Kortekaas, Alexandria Industries